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Face Forward, Jeremy
     

Face Forward, Jeremy

by Jeremy Pelt
 
Beginning with 2005's Identity, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt began exploring '70s and '80s funk and fusion sounds inspired by the works of such luminaries as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. He continued these funk and electronic explorations on such albums as 2007's

Overview

Beginning with 2005's Identity, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt began exploring '70s and '80s funk and fusion sounds inspired by the works of such luminaries as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. He continued these funk and electronic explorations on such albums as 2007's Shock Value: Live at Smoke and 2013's Water and Earth. While Pelt has also split his time playing and recording more straight-ahead post-bop albums, his 2014 album, Face Forward, Jeremy, combines the best of his acoustic recordings with the electronic-jazz hybrid sound of Water and Earth. Here, Pelt is joined by his longtime ensemble featuring pianist/keyboardist David Bryant, saxophonist Roxy Coss, bassist Chris Smith, and drummer Dana Hawkins. Also featured are vocalists Fabiana Masili and Milton Suggs, along with Rhodes keyboardist Frank LoCrasto and a handful of string players. This is a languid, atmospheric album that touches upon impressionistic, modal post-bop, soulful contemporary R&B, and groove-oriented '70s-style fusion. Tracks like "Princess Charlie" hang on a wordless vocal melody from Masili (mirrored by Pelt and Coss) that leads into adventurous improvisations from Pelt, Coss, and Bryant. "Rastros," once again showcasing Masili, is an Asian and Brazilian-inflected ballad punctuated by delicate harp lines, with Pelt on a beautiful, muted solo. Elsewhere, cuts like "Stars Are Free" sound like something along the lines of '70s Miles Davis, and "The Secret Code" features a frenetic jungle/drum'n'bass-influenced intro from Hawkins. Ultimately, Pelt's Face Forward, Jeremy is a high-minded, well-crafted mix of cutting-edge acoustic and electric jazz that gently turns your ears toward the future of jazz, while never asking you to let go of the music's past.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2014
Label:
Highnote
UPC:
0632375725921
catalogNumber:
757259
Rank:
98715

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Performance Credits

Jeremy Pelt   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Frank LoCrasto   fender rhodes
Chris Smith   Bass
Brandee Younger   Harp
Dana Hawkins   Drums
Chris Smith   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
David Bryant   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Fabiana Masili   Vocals
Roxy Coss   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Milton Suggs   Vocals
Jennifer Shaw   Cello

Technical Credits

Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Jeremy Pelt   Composer,Producer
Gavin Fallow   Composer
Dana Hawkins   drum programming
M. Suggs   Composer
Michael J. West   Liner Notes
Fabiana Masili   Composer
Roxy Coss   Composer
Jacob Bergson   Engineer

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